Bean and beautiful may not be words you normally associate with one another, but just wait until you see this resplendent vine. The stems are an intense burgundy, as are the veins that run through the deep green leaves. The flowers attract butterflies and bees before becoming huge dark purple pods that will banish any image of refried beans from your mind—and besides, hyacinth beans are only edible if carefully prepared, so it's best embraced for its beauty!
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